Topeka, KS – Hyperthyroidism is a common disease mainly found in middle age and senior cats, causing issues like weight loss, vomiting, heart problems, irritability, lethargy, generalized weakness, restlessness, and other effects. In most cases, hyperthyroidism is treatable, and up until now has only involved a choice of three different treatment options including drug therapy, surgery (removal of the thyroid), or an injection of radioactive iodine.
The treatment of hyperthyroidism just got easier, thanks to Hill’s Pet Nutrition launching a new cat food, specifically designed to give veterinarians and pet owners an alternative to the three current courses of treatment, called Hill’s Prescription Diet y/d Feline Thyroid Health. “Managing hyperthyroidism is now as easy as feeding your cat,” says Dru Forrester, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, Director of Scientific & Technical Communication for Hill’s Pet Nutrition at CVC in Kansas City.
Hill’s Prescription Diet y/d Feline Thyroid Health food contains essential amino acids including taurine and high carnitine to effectively improve thyroid health in three weeks. The food helps restore thyroid health by managing the iodine intake to control thyroid hormone production in affected cats. The food also helps support kidney health by controlling phosphorus and sodium, and is said to help support urinary tract health through reduced magnesium and moderate urine pH target.
Take the case of Billy, an 11 year old cat who developed hyperthyroidism, devastating owner, Judy Bernath. After visiting her veterinarian, Dr. David Bruyette, medical director at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, the recommended course of treatment was to follow a diet of the new Hill’s Prescription Diet y/d Feline Thyroid Health food.
“Surgery can be extremely invasive and daily pilling can negatively impact the relationship between a cat and pet owner. In Billy’s case I felt Prescription Diet y/d would be a good option,” said Dr. Bruyette. “After we talked about it Judy became confident this was an appropriate recommendation and I sent her home with both the canned and dry pet food. After a transition from his previous pet food, we saw that Billy did just fine with no problems.”
After three weeks, Billy’s thyroid level had gone from a very high range of 7.7 to a normal range of 3.8, indicating that the treatment of the new food was working! After only five weeks of treatment, Billy had begun to gain back weight and his thyroid levels were continuing to improve.
Due to the launching of the new food, cat owners who are plagued with hyperthyroid cats now have a non-invasive, easy to administer treatment that only takes three weeks to make a difference and give cats a new lease on life!